Quick reaction: Ryan O’Reilly traded to St. Louis

The Buffalo Sabres have traded Ryan O’Reilly to the St. Louis Blues for a 1st in 2019, 2nd in 2021, Tage Thompson, Patrik Berglund and Vladimir Sobotka.

St. Louis will pay the $7.5 million dollar bonus due to O’Reilly.

Here are some thoughts:

Looks like a nice haul for the Sabres. They didn’t have to play the bonus and Botterill gets another 1st round pick.

Tage Thompson is a prospect with still 2 years left on his entry level deal.

Buffalo can potentially have three first round picks in the 2019 draft.

Berglund and Sobotka will come in and immediately help this team. I’ll get more in depth about them later on.

After weeks of back and forth rumblings, O’Reilly is finally dealt.

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